PROVO — The Provo High School automotive program is making its mark. Earlier this year, it won the multi-state Weber State University Automotive Contest for students from Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah. Then this spring two Provo High School automotive students, Austin Springer and Benjamin Hernandez, won first place in the annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Contest at Salt Lake Community College.

Springer and Hernandez were offered tuition waiver scholarships to Salt Lake Community College and several other colleges and universities. They received approximately $500 in tools and other awards.

Springer and Hernandez will represent Utah in the National Ford/AAA Competition in June. Ford Motor Co. and AAA will pay for all expenses associated with a four-day and three-night stay for the contest in Detroit.

Kyle Carter, a senior at Provo High, coached them much of the way. Josh Bowers, service manager of Brent Brown Ford, contributed to the team's success by lending them a brand new Ford Escape to practice with for the contest.